Jay Glerum Rigging Masterclass Seattle Washington


Entry Level
Seattle, Washington
Monday August 20 & Tuesday August 21, 2018
8:30am – 5:00pm

Sold Out. Please look for this class again in 2019
There are still spaces available in the Advanced class please see below.

The Cornish Playhouse

  • 201 Mercer St
    Seattle, WA 98109
  • August 20 – 21, 2018
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Entry track is geared towards students and educators and includes both counterweight and automated rigging safety and operations.

Curriculum to be covered

  • Safe Operation of Counterweight Fly Systems
  • Basic Rigging Tools and Hardware
  • How to Safely Rig and Fly Scenery
  • Safety Procedures for Working at
    Heights and Using Ladders
  • Basic Rules for Fall Protection
  • Basic Maintenance of Rigging Systems
    Day to Day and Why Professional
    Inspections are Important
  • Three hands-on segments to include:
    • Hardware – proper use and application
    • Fly System – system identification, safe operation, and maintenance overview
    • Working at Heights – ladders & Genie lifts and maintenance overview


  • Ed Leahy – Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Chicago Flyhouse, Inc.
  • Jerry Dougherty – Central Washington University, Production Manager
  • Patrick Finn - Performing Arts Product Manager, J.R. Clancy

Entry Level
Registration May 4 - June 20 - $199
Late Registration June 21 - August 3 - $249

This is a hands on learning experience for each attendee so that theory is translated to practice under the supervision of Internationally recognized trainers.

Certificates will be issued in partnership with Educational Theatre Association so that attendees may apply for recognition of continuing education credit.

Secondary Teachers Can Apply for Travel Support



  • The Cornish Playhouse ETCP-Approved_Training
    201 Mercer St
    Seattle, WA 98109
  • August 20 – 21, 2018
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm


The advanced class qualifies for ETCP renewal credits based on the hours of instruction.

This class will cover the history and evolution of truss in the entertainment industry, teach the fundamentals of aluminum truss and tower design and use, and explain how to use manufacturer supplied load tables correctly. In addition to classroom discussion, attendees will also have the chance to experiment by setting up truss loading scenarios, comparing their expectations to the actual outcomes they will observe. Attendees will be working with chain hoists, truss, and load cell systems as they assemble and test rigging systems.

  • How to visually inspect and document the inspection for continued safe use and good record keeping practice
  • Learn the process of structurally engineering ground support truss, including a temporary outdoor structure
  • Guidance on how to read such reports as well as develop and perfect important operational documentation ie: operating manuals, high wind speed action plans, etc.
  • Hands-on work evaluating the different ways that loads shift and change across the truss with the adjustment of loads from uniform to concentrated to point loads.  


  • Elmer Veith - Technical Sales Manager of Total Structures
  • Jeff Reder - Principal and Founder of Clark-Reder, a full service consulting engineering firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Eric Rouse - Head of Product Development for Chicago Flyhouse.
  • Shane Kelly - Chair of Design and Technology, Head of Theatre Technology, The Theatre School DePaul University

Advanced Level
Registration May 4 – June 20 - $399
Late Registration June 21- August 3 - $449



Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS: Tel- (206) 448-9444

Reservations to be made by individual call-in, and only available at the following rate through July 19.

Reference USITT/MASTER RIGGING CLASS to receive this rate.

Room Type Rate
One - Two People $239 + sales tax & fees
Additional Adults $15 + sales tax & fees


Meals: $9.95 per person breakfast buffet (paid individually at restaurant)

Sponsored by: JRClancy ETC_4C-Rev HHSpec